Wells Street Schoolhouse Lofts
Aurora ON

Renovated Schoolhouse Transforms into Chic Lofts with Uponor PEX Piping Systems

The Wells Street Schoolhouse Lofts building has a unique history dating back to 1892 when it was originally built as a high school. The building was rebuilt in 1923, completely renovated in 1952 and today it is fully restored into lofts in the center of Aurora’s Heritage District. The red-brick building has kept its historic flare while offering tenants stylish, modern amenities.

When it came time to transform the building into a cozy condominium, the team at D. Zentil Mechanical, one of Ontario’s largest mechanical companies, chose Uponor AquaPEX® for the structure’s plumbing system and Uponor Wirsbo hePEX™ for its hydronic piping system. D. Zentil Mechanical was very familiar with Uponor PEX as they use the pipe primarily for their high-rise, in-suite condo jobs.

In total, more than 11,000 ft. of Uponor PEX pipe in sizes up to 2½" was installed during the project. The team used Uponor Design Services to get expert advice on the design and received onsite job training. The D. Zentil team was once again impressed with the straightforward installation.

“The major benefits of using Uponor PEX is the ease of installation and the reduced labor costs,” explained Joe Digennaro, field supervisor for D. Zentil Mechanical. “It’s a great product and it’s easy to work with.”

The team made great time on the installation. The 11,600-square-foot (3,543-square-meter) building took two days to install and pressure test the mains and about three days to install the risers.

“We continue to use Uponor because of their reputation, expertise and 25-year limited warranty,” said Digennaro.

Project highlights:

• Originally built in 1892; renovated in 2015
• Former schoolhouse
• 11,600 square feet (3,543 square meters)
• Contractor: D. Zentil Mechanical

Project data

• Uponor AquaPEX for plumbing
• Wirsbo hePEX for hydronic piping
• ProPEX® fittings